This week in the office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio:
- On Friday, Marco visited the Treasure Coast to view the Lake Okeechobee discharges through the St. Lucie Lock, the St. Lucie River and the inlet/beaches, and observed the algal bloom during a waterway tour and a ground tour. Rubio supported Martin County’s request for a state of emergency earlier this week and said he would support a request from Governor Scott to declare the area a federal disaster. He also urged the Army Corps of Engineers to take immediate action by stopping discharges from Lake Okeechobee, and the Corps announced it would reduce flows one day later. Learn More about Marco’s efforts to protect Florida’s waterways here.
- Marco expressed his disappointment after the U.S. Senate failed to advance funding to combat the Zika virus. Although Marco voted for the funding, it failed to receive the 60 votes needed to advance. “Shame on Washington for failing to pass Zika funding,” Marco said. “It’s simply unacceptable for us to do nothing, and I will continue to speak out and do what is necessary to make sure this public health risk gets the attention and the response that it deserves.” Read Marco’s full comments on the Senate’s failure to pass funding for the Zika virus here.
- Marco talked with FOX News about the Istanbul airport terrorist attack and what needs to be done going forward to stand with our allies and defeat ISIS and global terrorist threats. “I think two things have to happen. The first is, yes, we need to go ahead and continue to hit their nerve center particularly in Mosul and in Raqqa, which is where ISIS is able to inspire people to conduct these sorts of attacks and coordinate some of it,” Marco said. “The other I think that is really important is we need a closer and better relationship with the Turks in terms of intelligence sharing and the like.” Watch the interview here.
- Marco welcomed the Senate’s passage of legislation to deal with Puerto Rico’s debt crisis, which he voted in favor of. The President signed the bill into law on Friday. “I’m proud to stand with the Puerto Rican people today as we begin the process of working together toward a stronger, more stable and more prosperous Puerto Rico,” said Marco. Read more about Marco’s efforts to address Puerto Rico’s debt crisis here.
- Marco expressed his concern regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which struck down a Texas law that requires abortion clinics whose doctors can admit patients to hospitals subject to the same regulations that apply to ambulatory surgery centers. “At every level of government, we should be doing everything we can to protect women and unborn children who may fall prey to abortion clinics led by butchers,” Marco said. Earlier this year, Rubio signed an amicus brief in support of the Texas law. Read Marco’s full response to the Supreme Court’s decision here.
- Marco responded to the release of the U.S. State Department’s 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report. “Human trafficking is a grave human rights problem that we are seeing in our own communities, including throughout all of Florida, but it is also a global challenge,” said Marco. “Most Americans would likely be shocked to know the extent to which human trafficking is happening in our own backyard, including in Florida. We must renew our commitment to eliminate human trafficking in all its forms, wherever and whenever it occurs.” Read Marco’s full statement on the report here.
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